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Live aboard Whitsundays

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Live aboard Whitsundays

Has anyone been on the Anaconda III or Emporers Wings. We are deciding between these two boats. It seems the Emporers Wings is very dive focussed but no cabins, open plan sleeping arrangement whereas Anaconda III has cabins. We want great diving! Please let me know if you have been on these boats and pros and cons.

Hampshire, UK
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1. Re: Live aboard Whitsundays

We had a great 3 days in November 2011 on the Anaconda. But: - assuming it has not been renovated since then - it is very tired and only 1 cabin (thankfully ours !) had air conditioning so many of the passengers slept on deck where it was cooler. We thoroughly enjoyed the snorkelling, but the experienced divers on board were somewhat disappointed. Great crew who did a superb job considering rather difficult conditions and limited budget.

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Beware of the boat from Hell!

Let me warn you to never set foot on this boat. I've been on many live-aboard dive boats from around the world, and the Anaconda III was the worst experience I've ever encountered. I am not exaggerating. Anaconda III should be ashamed of itself and should be mortified to call itself a business. Any reputable and professional boat operator would not allow these conditions on the Anaconda III to persist - yet the it operates as if there are no problems and the crew seems to think nothing is wrong. Here is what we experienced on our 3-day trip in early January 2013:

**No zippers allowed on the boat. No zippers means no bags, make-up cases, carry cases with zippers are allowed: The boat had a recent bed bug infestation (Ewww!) and bedbug eggs may live in zippers. We found out this information at check-in at Magnums Bar/Office and were not given advance notice upon our arrival. This news was particularly upsetting especially since we were international travelers with a lot of luggage. At the office, we were forced to sort through all of our international luggage to quickly decide what stays in a locker and what goes on the boat. The staff at the office were useless and had an attitude problem. They were not helpful.

**No shuttle transportation to the marina provided - we were forced to walk to the boat for nearly 30 minutes with our bags of clothes in hand. We were advised that it was only a short walk so we did not grab a taxi. Again, advanced warning would have been very nice. When we arrived at the marina, we had a very difficult time locating the boat. Where is this customer service - horrific experience and we haven't even boarded the boat!

Boat conditions:

**Only allowed 1 minute showers in a cramped bathroom that hardly fit a toilet

**Ran out of water on the boat after a day and a half -- no showers, no flushable toilets, no water to drink unless you paid for it

**Roaches in the bathroom - came out of the drain when the boat rocked by the waves

**Threat of bed bugs and previous outbreak had occurred in the past

**Bedrooms are extremely tiny and bathroom is tight quarters and disgusting

**Pillows smelled like drool - afraid sheets were not washed

**Sail rips in the middle of the Coral Sea - Boat must use motor to power itself home

**Disgusting, dirty living quarters and shared common area

**Odor of onions and garbage throughout the trip

**Meals were not appetizing

**Few comfortable areas to lounge especially when it rains

**One crew member in particular repeatedly yelled at passengers - had an extremely bad attitude - would guess it is because he has to work on this poor-excuse for a boat operation

**Could not wait to be back to the marina and off the boat

Dive Operations:

**Botched night dive atop the great barrier coral reef. We surfaced atop the delicate coral reef. We were swimming in about 2 feet of water above the coral trying to follow the panicked dive master and trying to get to the pontoon. The dive operators did not read the tide correctly and the water level dropped by the time our dive concluded.

**The dive master lost two divers on the night dive (they were eventually recovered by the other dive group). Dive master did not even know how many people we had in our small group (6 not 5)

**Faulty dive equipment - regulator leaked air and diver ran out of air before 10 minutes of diving

**Dive master did not have a noise-maker - critical when trying to get a dive group's attention.

**Dive master swam too fast for the group and lost a few of us twice on the same dive.

**Dive operators did not offer water to divers after each dive - critical in preventing dehydration in the strong Australian sun. Dehydrated divers cannot expel nitrogen as easily. Dehydration is a serious issue in diving: www.scubadivingsolutions.com/dehydration.html

Overall this experience on the Anaconda III was terrible and there is no way I would recommend this boat to anyone ever.

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Thank you for taking the time to give information on anaconda as we were thinking about booking it but now not. Anyone been on the emperor wings ? Or anyone been on any good liveaboard either in whitsundays Great Barrier Reef or coral sea ?

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